It’s All About the Moxie

I follow Jim Flowers, director of VT KnowledgeWorks on Twitter, @startwithmoxie.

I read this tweet of Jim's:

RT @pamatthe Reading 'Why Your Startup Shouldn't Hire Seth Godin' – totally agree with it. http://bit.ly/kI0Bv I agree, too, totally.

Jim was retweeting an original tweet by Pat Matthews, @pamatthe, founder of Mailtrust, the email division of Rackspace, and had added his own two cents:  "I agree, too, totally."

I followed the URL and read Why Your Startup Shouldn't Hire Seth Godin.

I sent Jim an email:  "I would love to know what you think is important about this post.  It didn't hit me over the head.  Would love to hear what I'm missing."

Translation:  "I don't get it."

Jim replied:

It’s all about the MOXIE.  It keeps coming around to that.
 
The author is saying (as I read it) that somebody who has already hit one home run sure looks good on paper, but probably can’t be expected to attack the second thing with the same fervor, especially since he/she will be a hired gun, not one of the originators.  The ability to do something well does not necessarily include the motivation to do it well.  That’s why I am not an astrophysicist.
 
My own take on this topic is that start-ups should hire for brains,  energy, compatibility (given, of course, the basic skill sets required of the specific job), and COMMITMENT.  Then they should go get the experience factor from mentors and consultants.

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Thank you, Jim.  Even The Accelerated Entrepreneur, beneficiary of all the programs of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks, has learned she always needs a mentor

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